matthew_w100 wrote:The FCO current advice is that France requires a 14 day quarantine of us Brits.
That's true today, but will no longer be the case from Friday this week (10th July).https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus ... -corridors
For the other stuff, here are some pointers:
matthew_w100 wrote: But their pop-up airspace is troublesome
The key to that is knowing about the "AZBA" webpage
- you get an easy to visualise map of what's open when. I have that as a Favourite in teh browser on my phone. Also, the FIS controllers will help you out a lot airborne when asked.
matthew_w100 wrote:and their NOTAMs incomprehensible.
Spot on: French NOTAMs are often abominable (even cf.* ours, which are hardly a model of clarity at times). It's far from uncommon to find a single NOTAM apparently covering all of France, in reality dealing with one or two small areas, typically miles from your route. The details are in an AIC, so the trick here is obviously to download and read that - made MUCH simpler recently when Tim's Terrific Team enabled a direct link from the NOTAM as displayed in SD to the AIC document - so that you can view it immediately without further searching.
As in the UK, the real answer is for the people who create the NOTAMs to think for more than 2 seconds about what they are trying to say from the POV of the flippin' reader
matthew_w100 wrote:And working out whether it's this Thursday or next Thursday that the fuel pump is open, and oh - it only takes Air Total cards.
This seems to be less of a problem now than only a few years ago.
matthew_w100 wrote:And we're now a 40E taxi ride from town but there's nobody about with the number of a taxi service.
I always use Google nowadays to find that - always works.